MOVIEWISE — December 15 2017


Pieter Pohl, founder of Innovation Films and marketing manager of CMD Entertainment Africa, sheds some light on the latest movies.

CMD Entertainment Africa brings you inspiring new movies on DVD for the holiday season. With different genres for the entire family, you’ll be sure to have everyone sitting on the edge of their seats enjoying these movies. Our movies all carry biblical principles and morals and will assure that you are inspired and uplifted after watching it.
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Based on the true-life story of Lee Strobel, this movie takes us on one man’s journey to solve the biggest mystery of all time. This high paced investigative movie is perfect for sharing the truth and love of Jesus to any sceptic of the Christian faith.

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This movie touches on the redemptive love of Christ and how He is able to use whoever He wants to use in order to advance His Kingdom. This movie will encourage you to live for a greater cause than yourself.

Based on the true-life story of Columbine High student, Rachel Joy Scott, this movie is a tool for teenagers or anyone that wants to know how to share Jesus to their friends and how to live an unashamed life for Jesus.

If you have a passion to stand up for what you believe and stand up against injustice around you, then this is the movie to get. This action-packed movie is about how students resisted the Nazi regime in Holland.

Amazing seven-part children animation series, filled with Godly principles and values for your young ones. Your kids will be able to sing along and dance to the great songs on this series.

For the biblical drama lovers this movie is about the early years of Jesus and will also guide parents on how to instil Godly values and love within their kids, helping them to grow up to the plans of God.

With the holiday season approaching us, these are great movies for the entire family as well as good ideas for gifts and will ensure that you keep the spirit of love, fun and family time alive during this holiday season.

All these above-mentioned titles are now available on DVD at CUM Books and

(Sunday December 17 2017: MNET 101 20:05)

Movie trailer:

Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.

Dove Review:
Beauty and the Beast (2017) is an unashamedly romantic and quality film, featuring an all-star cast. Emma Watson delivers in a big way as Belle, both looking the part of Beauty as well as showing some real singing ability. Dan Stevens does a commendable job as the Beast, displaying beastly anger and rage, in addition to showing the gentler side of this unusual suitor to Belle. They meet on unhappy terms, as the Beast has imprisoned her trespassing father, Maurice (Kevin Kline), who was chased by wolves and who came across the Beast’s castle. The opening sequence shows us why this once dashing prince became a beast. Now, only by having a young woman fall in love with him before the last petal from a rose given to him falls, can he be set free from forever remaining the Beast

The film features lavish costumes, dancing, terrific sets, great special effects, and wonderful actors and actresses such as Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans (as Gaston), Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. The humour works well too. For example, the Beast and Belle both have a love of books in common, but when the Beast learns Belle’s favourite is Romeo and Juliet, his reaction, akin to mocking it for the pining that goes on, is quite comedic. The scene in which Belle throws a snowball at Beast and then he reciprocates with a huge snowball is funny too. And the songs are memorable such as Be Our Guest in addition to the classic Beauty and the Beast song.

When the Beast rescues the fleeing Belle and saves her from wolves, they begin to see each other in a new light. She reciprocates as she cares for him, nursing him back to health following his being wounded by the wolves. Despite the positives, one annoying aspect, as well as gratuitous aspect, is LeFou’s (Josh Gad) pining for Gaston. A few of these scenes include him speaking about Gaston’s “athletic build,” his telling some women who want to be Gaston’s “girl” that “it’s never going to happen, ladies,” as well as Gaston admiring himself in the mirror and telling himself before he walks away, “I’m not done with you yet.” LeFou responds, “Me neither.” In addition, in a segment in which LeFou sings about all the great qualities of Gaston, he puts Gaston’s arms around himself, looks happy, and then says to Gaston, “Too much?” LeFou comments to one man who asks why he doesn’t have a girl, “I have been told I am too clingy.” Finally, near the conclusion of the film, LeFou is dancing with a girl but then a smiling young man breaks in to dance with him and they both dance together.

The Dove Foundation has based our reviews on Judeo/Christian concepts for over 25 years. We have a largely conservative family base who share traditional values. Although we appreciate the good things about this film, we know a lot of young people watch these movies too, and we are not comfortable in the obvious political agenda of this film, or in letting down those that look to us for guidance in what their families should watch. For these reasons, we are withholding our Dove Family-Approved Seal from the movie. —

Innovation Films is a creative film entertainment company comprising multi-faceted service departments including production, distribution, consulting, marketing and publicity.
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